Some of your favorite '80s TV shows you watched growing up are out on DVD today. Or, you could watch Timothy Olyphant beat the crap out of everyone in Kentucky.
Justified: The Complete First Season
Timothy Olyphant shot a lot of people on Deadwood, but on Justified, he still acts like he's in the Wild West. In this FX series based on Elmore Leonard's novels, Olyphant plays U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens, who's been reassigned to his hometown in Kentucky. There are lots of backwoods accents and lots of dead bodies (courtesy of Givens), so if you can't handle either, this isn't the show for you. Extras include "The Story of Justified," "Meet the Characters," "Shooting for Kentucky," "Meet the Marshals," cast and crew commentaries and "What Would Elmore Do?: An Interview with Elmore Leonard."
Merlin: The Complete Second Season
Smallville is to Superman as Merlin is to... well, Merlin. The BBC series (which re-aired on NBC, then SyFy) is a peek into the life of legendary wizard Merlin before he became known for his expertise in magic. Basically, his awkward teenage wizard years. Bonus features of this 5-disc box set include cast and crew intros to Season 2, audio commentaries, a making-of doc, a photo gallery and wallpapers. And since the show's only a few seasons in (the third season starts Friday on Syfy), you've got a couple of years before it gets as terrible as Smallville has become!
Dark Skies: The Declassified Complete Series
Take Mad Men, subtract the ad agencies and add alien invasions, and you've got this show. Okay, so it's nothing like Mad Men, but it is set in the '60s, with tons of pop-culture references from that period, and it's about a Congressional aide and his girlfriend trying to expose the truth about UFOs that the government is trying to hide from everyone. If anything else, watch it for the bizarre conspiracy explanation of what aliens had to with JFK's assassination.
21 Jump Street: The Complete Fourth Season
Hey, it's the show Johnny Depp first started out on as a narc! I wonder what his character, Officer Hanson, would think about his later coke-dealing role in Blow?
Hey Vern, It's Ernest! The Complete Series
For those not familiar with Jim Varney's Ernest P. Worrell, who actually had his own children's show for a while in the 1980s, he was like a cross between Larry the Cable Guy and Bill Nye the Science Guy. There's also a boxed set of his films coming out this week, for all you true Ernest fans -- you know who you are.
My Two Dads: You Can Count on Me! (10 episodes)
Cheesy? Yes. Heartwarming? Close enough. Before Rachel Berry had two gay dads on Glee, Nicole Bradford had two straight dads on this short-lived '80s series. And yes, that's the chick from Step by Step.
Also out this week: Dallas: The Complete 14th Season, Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations Coll. 5 Pt. 2, Marvel Knights: Black Panther, Denis Leary & Friends Presents: Douchebags & Donuts, Waking the Dead: Season 5 and Stingray: The Complete Series.
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